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J Shiloh Gastello  I am a ceramic artist, tea/tea ware enthusiast, and mixed-media installation artist. Master of Fine Arts In Craft. I live in beautiful Portland, OR.

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Mugshot Mondays: Today's mugshot is of my friend, Artist, and @ocac_edu Masters Student, @betsyred who shared this post of her new mug that I made! Betsy has worked with potters in Oaxaca, Mexico numerous times, documenting the amazing culture of artisans that are in the midst of training new generations in using "barro rojo" or red clay. Betsy gave an amazing talk on her experiences at the 2016 @nceca (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) in Portland, OR, and is currently in the midst of completing her thesis on "Intersectional Craft". Be sure to check out her Instagram page! Thank you for sharing Betsy! Congratulations on your graduation later this month, and wishing you all the best! Thanks for viewing my friends, and happy Monday all! #mugshotmondays #mugshotmonday #betsyredelman #barrorojo #oaxaca #mexico #potters #empowered #thesis #wishingyouallthebest #nceca #artisttalk #graduation #happymondayall #thankyouforviewing

Excited to have my work featured in the @ocac_edu Shop for the next few months along with a group of amazing Oregon College of Art and Craft Alumni, current students, Staff, Faculty, and many featured local Portland artists/shops! Check out OCAC's offerings and buy some beautiful work by going to ocac.edu to see more. Thank you for viewing my friends and have a great week! #ocac #oregoncollegeofartandcraft #ocacceramics #artistfeature #shilohgastelloceramics #rockandcragwares #thankyouforviewing #haveagreatweek

Mugshot Mondays: Today's mugshot is of a steamy tea session that I enjoyed at sunset last week. A wonderful way to collectively reflect on the wonderful wares and tea sourced by so many great friends. The featured gaiwan is my beautiful @mei_leaf Sky Blue Jingdezhen Porcelain Gaiwan that is my most used piece of tea ware. The wonderful ceramic tea boat was sourced by my friend and amazing tea advocate Jeff Best Cleary of @unytea.store . Many thanks Mei Leaf and Jeff! Have an amazing week my friends! Thanks for viewing and happy Monday all! #mugshotmondays #mugshotmonday #meileaf #skybluegaiwan #gaiwan #unytea #unyteaguy #jeffbestcleary #sunset #thankyouall #haveagreatweek #happymondayall

Mugshot Mondays: Today's gaiwan was made by yours truly. This little 100 ml tasting gaiwan was recently unloaded from the kiln. It's been glazed with two glazes, that when layered on a piece, result in an effect I call "Sea Foam Shore" Blue (glaze name inspired by my tea friend @ens_causa_sui_ ). Always good to explore glazes! One note regarding utilizing smaller tea infusing vessels: They make more intense, flavorful, and texturally rich tea (due to the tea leaves extracting more across a smaller area for each infusion). So, to liven and diversify your tea drinking experience, try a smaller vessel to experience your favorite teas in a new way! Thank you for viewing my friends, and happy Monday all! P.S. - My beautifully handmade stainless steel ring with a patina was made by my friend, colleague, and fellow @ocac_edu alumni @colinkippen . I've been happily wearing it since 2014! Be sure to check out his Instagram page for his photography of snippets from everyday life (as well as his website for his jewelry and mixed media sculptures found in his bio/description). #mugshotmondays #mugshotmonday #shilohgastelloceramics #gaiwan #infusion #tea #cha #clay #ceramics #glaze #alwaysexploring #alwayslearning #teatime #thankyouforviewing #happymondayall #colinkippen #rings #stainlesssteeljewelry #patina #ocac #oregoncollegeofartandcraft #handmade #allthebestmyfriends

Mugshot Mondays: Today's feature is of a series of wares related to my daily tea practice. Today's delicious tea is a High Mountain Alishan Oolong sourced by @ecochateas (the porcelain strainer is also Eco-Cha sourced). I begin by infusing my tea in a beautiful @mei_leaf sourced gaiwan made of Jingdezhen porcelain. Porcelain allows the leaf to breathe and more fully release its aromatic high notes due to its more glassious structure, which is a helpful tool for preserving the characteristics of more aromatic and/or delicate teas. The awesome wood-fired saucers were made by my talented friend and colleague @jonathansteeleceramics from a week-long group wood-firing that we did at the "Tomagama" kiln at @pleasant_hill_pottery in December last year. The green fully ash-glazed porcelain tulip-style cup in the back was a kind gift from my tea friend @ens_causa_sui_ (I use this cup daily as it preserves aroma beautifully). The ceramic tea boat that is elegantly displaying my gaiwan, the glass fairness pitcher, and the beautiful bamboo tea tray that acts as a stage for all these wonderful wares (and tool for catching any spilled tea), were sourced by my knowledgeable tea friend Jeff Best Cleary of @unytea.store , whom I also purchase some of my favorite teas from. Here is a note on glass fairness pitchers: You pour your infusion into the pitcher, which allows you to preserve the same strength tea so that everyone enjoying the brew can have the same flavor experience (and the glass allows your tea to breathe, further preserving its aroma). Many thanks to all of these makers and tea friends for sharing your talents and kind experience with myself and many others in the ceramics and tea community. ✨😊✨ Thanks for viewing my friends, and happy Monday all! #mugshotmondays #mugshotmonday #ecocha #meileaf #jonathansteeleceramics #jonathansteele #pleasanthillpottery #tomagama #orlando #jeffbestcleary #unytea #unyteaguy #tea #cha #gongfucha #teatime #teawares #dailytea #teafriends #thankyou #gaiwan #teacup #saucer #teaboat #teatray #fairnesspitcher #strainer #woodfiredpottery #thankyouforviewing #happymondayall

Mugshot Mondays: Today's mugshot is of a recent "Indigo Lightning Rock And Crag Ware Gaiwan" made by your's truly. This was a fun experiment that re-opened my eyes to the thoughtful exercise of overlapping glazes on ceramic wares. Always learning and exploring! Wishing all of you the best in your journeys my friends! Thank you for viewing, and happy Monday all! #mugshotmondays #mugshotmonday #rockandcragwares #shilohgastelloceramics #gaiwan #tea #cha #teawares #teaculture #teatime #thankful #thankyouforviewing #bewell #peacebewithyou #happymondayall

I just did a demo on how to make a tea boat (or chapan in Chinese) for my class "The Skill Of Tea: A Survey Of Chinese Tea Wares and Teas" that I am teaching at @ocacceramics . Using the pottery wheel, I threw a few cups and a tea boat off the hump (one big lump of clay). I will next cut the tea boat off of the larger lump of clay and trim it to finish it off. Enjoying teaching this class! Happy Sunday my friends! #ocac #oregoncollegeofartandcraft #ocacceramics #teaboat #chapan #teawares #teaculture #teatime #happysunday

Here is a little demo on how I glaze my "Rock and Crag Ware" tea cups! Using metal tongs, I dip the cups into a liquid glaze that dries to a fine powder (which will be kiln-fired to form a hard glass layer over the surface of the ceramic work). Using my finger, I then redistribute the built up layer of dried powder glaze into the hole left behind when the metal tongs gripped the inside and outside of the piece during glazing. Since glaze forms into glass when fired in a high temperature kiln (around 2345 degrees F), I wipe off excess glaze from the foot so that the glaze does not stick to the kiln shelf while fluxing/melting into glass. That's it! I'll post photos of the finished work soon! Thanks for viewing my friends! Music credit: "Free As A Bird" by The Beatles. #shilohgastelloceramics #ocac #oregoncollegeofartandcraft #ocacceramics #glazing #glaze #kiln #firing #process #tea #teawares #teatime #cha #clayistheway #beatles #freeasabird #thankyouforviewing #haveagreatweekend

Mugshot Mondays: Today's 150 ml capacity Matte Black glaze "Rock and Crag Ware" gaiwan was made by your's truly! I love exploring the function and aesthetic of this classic piece of Chinese tea ware. Finding the right angle for pouring, exploring the open bowl-shape that let's your tea leaves breath to release their aroma, and appreciating the nuance of design in how it fits into your hand are some of the many reasons that I love the intimate nature of using a gaiwan in tea sessions. Tea wares serve as reminders to stay present when infusing your tea individually and/or with a group. Everyone uses their tea ware, and infuses their tea in their own unique way (via preference of tea ware types, temperature, etc.). Always learning! Thank you for viewing my friends and happy Monday all! #mugshotmondays #mugshotmonday #shilohgastelloceramics #rockandcragwares #gaiwan #tea #cha #teawares #teatime #infuse #alwayslearning #thankful #haveagreatday #design #nuance #thankyouforviewing #happymondayall

Enjoying working with my students making gaiwan today in my the class "The Skill Of Tea: A Survey Of Chinese Tea Wares and Teas" at @ocacceramics ! Three delicious green teas to taste today including a Japanese Eiju Sencha from @thejasminepearl , a Chinese Jasmine Rings scented green tea from @unytea.store , and a Chinese Mao Jian green tea from @white2tea . The beautiful Jingdezhen porcelain gaiwan was sourced by @mei_leaf , the glass fairness pitcher, tea boat, and bamboo tea tray was sourced by Jeff of @unytea.store . The two beautiful bamboo tea tools were sourced by @jeffreyhmcintosh . The wood fired cup was made by @jonathansteeleceramics , the green wood-fired tulip cup was a gift from my tea friend @ens_causa_sui_ , and the porcelain bowl cup was sourced by @ecochateas . My students are making gaiwan today and it is great getting to work with them! Looking forward to seeing their first tea wares completed. Scroll through the images to see them at work! Have a great Sunday my friends! #ocac #oregoncollegeofartandcraft #ocacceramics #tea #teawares #teatime #cha #gaiwan #greentea #thejasminepearl #UNYtea #white2tea #meileaf #porcelain #jingdezhen #ecocha #jonathansteeleceramics #clayistheway #haveagreatsunday

Back in the ceramics studio! I made a little gaiwan as a demonstration for the class that I am teaching, "The Skill Of Tea: A Survey Of Chinese Tea Wares and Teas" at @ocacceramics ! Enjoyed making this versatile piece of tea ware. Tomorrow, more tea ware demos, and my students will start making their own tea wares. Thank you for viewing my friends! #ocac #oregoncollegeofartandcraft #ocacceramics #shilohgastelloceramics #gaiwan #teawares #teaculture #teatime #cha #tea #teaching #teaclass #thankyouforviewing

Here is a selection of slides from the presentation that I gave today for my class "The Skill Of Tea: A Survey Of Chinese Tea Wares and Teas" at @ocacceramics ! Tomorrow, we begin making tea wares. So fun! Happy Saturday my friends! #ocac #oregoncollegeofartandcraft #ocacceramics #tea #cha #teaching #teaculture #teawares #gaiwan #teapots #yixing #zisha #clayistheway #haveagreatsaturday #thankyouforviewing

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